Bhagat Kabir on Idol Worship

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Bhagat Kabir was against Idol worship and preached the same in Benaras - The most important pilgrimage shrine of Hindu Religion.

Following are quotes from his hymns in Guru Granth Sahib:

ਕਬੀਰ ਪਾਹਨੁ ਪਰਮੇਸੁਰੁ ਕੀਆ ਪੂਜੈ ਸਭੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥ ਇਸ ਭਰਵਾਸੇ ਜੋ ਰਹੇ ਬੂਡੇ ਕਾਲੀ ਧਾਰ ॥੧੩੬॥

कबीर पाहनु परमेसुरु कीआ पूजै सभु संसारु ॥ इस भरवासे जो रहे बूडे काली धार ॥१३६॥

Kabeer, someone sets up a stone idol and all the world worships it as the Lord. Those who hold to this belief will be drowned in the river of darkness. ||136|| (1371, Guru Granth Sahib)


ਕਬੀਰ ਕਾਗਦ ਕੀ ਓਬਰੀ ਮਸੁ ਕੇ ਕਰਮ ਕਪਾਟ ॥ ਪਾਹਨ ਬੋਰੀ ਪਿਰਥਮੀ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਪਾੜੀ ਬਾਟ ॥੧੩੭॥

कबीर कागद की ओबरी मसु के करम कपाट ॥ पाहन बोरी पिरथमी पंडित पाड़ी बाट ॥१३७॥

Kabeer, the paper is the prison, and the ink of rituals are the bars on the windows. The stone idols have drowned the world, and the Pandits, the religious scholars, have plundered it on the way. ||137|| (1371, Guru Granth Sahib)


ਪਾਤੀ ਤੋਰੈ ਮਾਲਿਨੀ ਪਾਤੀ ਪਾਤੀ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਜਿਸੁ ਪਾਹਨ ਕਉ ਪਾਤੀ ਤੋਰੈ ਸੋ ਪਾਹਨ ਨਿਰਜੀਉ ॥੧॥

पाती तोरै मालिनी पाती पाती जीउ ॥ जिसु पाहन कउ पाती तोरै सो पाहन निरजीउ ॥१॥

You tear off the leaves, O gardener, but in each and every leaf, there is life. That stone idol, for which you tear off those leaves - that stone idol is lifeless. ||1||(479, Guru Granth Sahib)


ਪਾਖਾਨ ਗਢਿ ਕੈ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਕੀਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਦੇ ਕੈ ਛਾਤੀ ਪਾਉ ॥ ਜੇ ਏਹ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਸਾਚੀ ਹੈ ਤਉ ਗੜ੍ਹਣਹਾਰੇ ਖਾਉ ॥੩॥

पाखान गढि कै मूरति कीन्ही दे कै छाती पाउ ॥ जे एह मूरति साची है तउ गड़्हणहारे खाउ ॥३॥

The sculptor carves the stone and fashions it into an idol, placing his feet upon its chest. If this stone god was true, it would devour the sculptor for this! ||3|| (479, Guru Granth Sahib)


ਬੁਤ ਪੂਜਿ ਪੂਜਿ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਮੂਏ ਤੁਰਕ ਮੂਏ ਸਿਰੁ ਨਾਈ ॥ ਓਇ ਲੇ ਜਾਰੇ ਓਇ ਲੇ ਗਾਡੇ ਤੇਰੀ ਗਤਿ ਦੁਹੂ ਨ ਪਾਈ ॥੧॥

बुत पूजि पूजि हिंदू मूए तुरक मूए सिरु नाई ॥ ओइ ले जारे ओइ ले गाडे तेरी गति दुहू न पाई ॥१॥

Worshipping their idols, the Hindus die; the Muslims die bowing their heads. The Hindus cremate their dead, while the Muslims bury theirs; neither finds Your true state, Lord. ||1|| (Page 654, Guru Granth Sahib)


ਤੋਰਉ ਨ ਪਾਤੀ ਪੂਜਉ ਨ ਦੇਵਾ ॥ ਰਾਮ ਭਗਤਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਿਹਫਲ ਸੇਵਾ ॥੨॥

तोरउ न पाती पूजउ न देवा ॥ राम भगति बिनु निहफल सेवा ॥२॥

I do not pick leaves as offerings, and I do not worship idols. Without devotional worship of the Lord, service is useless. ||2||